Baldur's Gate 3 Coming to Early Access in 2020, As Hasbro Plans a New Game Every Year

Baldur's Gate 3 Coming to Early Access in 2020, As Hasbro Plans a New Game Every Year

Wizards of the Coast is betting heavily on digital.

It looks like Hasbro is finally starting to go all-in on video games. While there have been a few Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering games over the years, last year saw the announcement of Baldur's Gate 3, Magic: Legends, and Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance. This weekend during an investor event at New York Toy Fair, Hasbro revealed that's only the beginning.

Hasbro is going in with both Magic and D&D. | Hasbro

According to reporting from tabletop fansite Bell of Lost Souls, Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast has seven Dungeons & Dragons games in development. Baldur's Gate 3 from Larian Studios is scheduled for a Steam Early Access release this year, meaning Dark Alliance might be coming in 2021. Further Hasbro is committing to at least one new D&D game every year until 2025.

That's a lot of Dungeons & Dragons, and one slide from the presentation shows that all seven titles will be RPGs. Assuming Wizards of the Coast picks the right partners, that's a lot of excellent digital D&D heading our way. It's also a more consistent release schedule, as opposed to the smattering of past titles, like 2013's Neverwinter MMO and 2015's Sword Coast Legends. Developers have a host of Dungeons & Dragons settings to choose from, including Planescape, Eberron, and the Forgotten Realms.

The presentation didn't mention Archetype Entertainment, a studio recently established by Wizards of the Coast to create an original science fiction game. That studio is led by BioWare veteran James Ohlen, who was recently joined by Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect writer Drew Karpyshyn.

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